Why I Haven't Quit My "Day Job"

Someone once told me they wouldn’t hire a wedding photographer who had a day job. I’ve often pondered this and felt a tad of maybe insecurity that my clients might doubt me because this isn’t all I do. Then I remember that anyone who works with me would be instantly relieved of any questions about my love of photography and I feel better. Sure, I have a job, but I’m also a small business owner for both Little Bat (photography) and Pretty Fun Things (art), and I’m a hard worker no matter what I’m doing. That’s just me.

Having a job means that I can pick clients who I think rock and who I really want to work with and that I don’t have to feel guilty turning away work when the fit doesn’t seem perfect. It means my brain is stimulated around the clock and I’m always learning something.

For almost two and a half years, the headquarters of Twitter, Inc has been my second home. I’ve watched the company grow and change. I’ve gotten to meet and photograph people like Conan O’Brien and the President of Russia, Kanye West and Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga. Working at Twitter means that I get to be around people who inspire me- creative and beautiful people who make me want to take photos all the time.

One day last week I brought my camera in because Buzz Aldrin was going to be in the office. I missed the visit, but on my way back from a meeting I walked into the hallway and found a group of about 30 people sitting on the floor, blocking every passage. And then the laugh set in- most of the 30 people were listening to the “Trammell Laugh" (this is a thing, and it’s kind of intense). And when I went to grab my camera and take a photo of the hallway, I found Francesca at my desk, who insisted on trying Laura’s new bikini top on her head, and then an embarrassed Laura who just wanted to go to a meeting. And when I turned around, I saw Elad working from the floor in a meeting room.

All of this happened within about 5 minutes on a day I just happened to have my camera, and all of it reminded me just why I haven’t quit my day job. Because it’s kind of Amazing, and inspiring, and being a part of the craziness is sometimes priceless.

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